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50 Workers Sue Niger Ex-governor Over Motorcycles

Posted: Jun 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna



Fifty civil servants in Niger State have dragged the immediate past Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, to a Minna High Court, demanding for N100 million in compensation and general damages over the unlawful and illegal seizure and sale of their motorcycles which they said amounted to violation of their fundamental human rights.

The applicants in a suit filed at High Court 4 dated May 12, 2015 and filed on May 25, 2015 by their counsel, Adegoke Omoloja of Cosmic Chambers, Abuja, prayed the court for a declaration that the seizure and the subsequent sale of the applicants motorcycles by the former governor through his commissioner of works was illegal, null and void and constituted violation of their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Nigeria’s constitution.


The applicants are also praying the court for an order awarding compensation of N1 million in favour of each applicant against the respondents and another N50 million as general damages they incurred so far.

In a 60-paragraph affidavit in support of the case deposed to by one Ndagi Mohammed, the applicants argued that the arrest, seizure and sale of their motorcycles has brought hardship and difficulties to them and their families especially in getting to places of work, taking children to school and also taking their wives to places of work or maternity check-ups.

The affidavit in parts reads, “That some of us bought the motorcycle through cooperatives (as can be seen on purchase receipts attached) on loan which they still deduct from our salaries monthly”.